Truck Care Tips

Keeping Your Truck in Top Shape

It’s important to take excellent care of your truck. With deadlines and work to be done, it’s easy to forget the small things that help you keep your semi truck operating at peak performance.

There are a few little checks that can save you lots of aggravation and will keep your truck running, in return saving you time and money. Below is a list of things you should always check.

  • CHECK YOUR OIL – It’s important that you take the time to check your oil, especially before a long haul. This is especially important if your rig is new to you or if major motor work has just been performed on it. Powerful engines need lots of oil and if you forget to check it often enough, it can harm your engine very quickly, costing you lots in repair costs.
  • CHECK YOUR RADIATOR – Be sure to check your radiator before any long trips, being especially careful to check the radiator itself and not just the overflow bottle. Top up the fluid and if you spot any small leaks you should deal with them quickly before they cause overheating and do damage to your engine. This is always a good habit to get in as it allows you to get to know your truck that much better.
  • CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE – Tire pressure is also very important to check and this should be a weekly ritual, performed even more often if long trips are in the schedule. Tire pressure can fluctuate with changes in the weather and from driving at high speeds on the highways. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel mileage and make steering more difficult. Over-inflated tires are more prone to punctures and pothole damage. Check for the proper pressure for your particular brand of tires.
  • WATCH HOW YOU PARK – A truck with dual fuel tanks will act like it’s out of fuel if you park your vehicle sideways on a hill, making one side of the truck higher than the other. Fuel from the higher tank will flow to the lower tank, and when you start the truck the uneven tanks will cause the fuel uptake system to draw in air instead of fuel. If you need to park on a hill, look for a way to park on the slope from front to back and not side to side.
  • UNWANTED PESTS – If your truck has been sitting for a few days, make a point to check the fuel vent before setting out. Wasps and other insects often build nests in the fuel vent, creating a blockage and causing the truck to appear as if it’s out of fuel.
  • CHECK YOUR BRAKES – Make sure to have your brakes checked often. If you feel vibration or hear squealing when you apply the brakes, it’s probably time for a checkup. Dealing with the problem, sooner rather than later, will save you a lot of money and down time.